The Dodge City Police Department would like all citizens to have a fun and safe July 4th celebration.
The discharge of fireworks is only allowed on July 4th this year. You may discharge from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Listed below are some safety tips if you plan on discharging fireworks.
• Always read and follow label instructions
• Always purchase high quality fireworks from a reliable, legitimate source.
• Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a “designated shooter”
• Never give fireworks to small children
• Adults should always supervise use of fireworks by older children
• Always wear eye protection when lighting fireworks
• Never ignite fireworks indoors. Make sure your outdoor area is safe for fireworks use.
• Never point or throw fireworks at a person, building or animal.
• Have a source of water handy, in case of fire.
• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.
• Light only one firework at a time.
• Never attempt to re-light malfunctioning fireworks.
• When lighting fireworks, never position any part of your body over them.
• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.
• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.
• Never experiment with homemade fireworks. They are dangerous and illegal.
• Bottle rockets and other skyrockets that are mounted on a stick or wire are illegal.
• Fireworks must be discharged on private property.
• Please be aware of the wind conditions when discharging fireworks
• It is illegal to shoot fireworks on or under a vehicle, on any public roadway,
within 50 feet of a firework stand or where fireworks are stored, and gas stations or any place liquid gas including propane is stored
When officers are confronted with fireworks discharge complaints outside the allowed time frame the complaints will be investigated. If probable cause is found the offender will be cited and the fireworks will be seized.
The fine for a violation of the ordinance is $50.00 and possible court costs of $140.50
The Dodge City Police Department wants all citizens to have a fun, safe, injury free and fire free July 4th celebration.